Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Fishing has been unpredictable this week with white/green lures, Olive or Black Snakes, Damsel, and various Buzzers all being tried. On the calmer, clear days fish were about 4 to 6 feet down and on the windier cooler days you could see fish rising but methods had to vary and effort much harder. The Troutmasters fish-off is Sunday April 7 and we will be confirming attendance over the next few days. Next restock is late March but plenty of fish to be had. New upgraded website coming soon.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week February 25 - March 3 the 191 anglers caught 975 fish of which 778 were returned. Best fish 10lb 3oz Steve Loveridge, Kettering, Red Apps’; 7lb 4oz Mark Phillips, Northampton, Bloodworm, boat; 6lb 10oz Ian McClements, Stevenage, Bloodworm, boat; 6lb 8oz Sean Marriott, Market Harborough, Hothead Damsel; 6lb 8oz David Mason, Bloodworm, boat; 6lb 8oz Nigel Cheetham, Thrapston, Black Snakelet, boat; 6lb 6oz Graham Dutton, Market Harborough, Hothead Damsel; 6lb 5oz Graham Dutton, Market Harborough, Hothead Damsel; 6lb 4oz Mr Rowe; 6lb 2oz Ken Nicholls, Farcet, Red Diawl Bach, boat; 6lb 1oz Mel Dunn, Eye, Damsel; 5lb 12oz James Stewart, Kibworth, black/green lure; 5lb 8oz Ian McClements, Stevenage, Bloodworm, boat; 5lb 6oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, White Snake; 5lb 6oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, Olive Snake; 5lb 6oz Steve Loveridge, Kettering, Bloodworm.
Colder conditions meant there were fewer buzzer hatches although some fish continued to rise in the west arm. Best method was a floating line with a Bloodworm or Damsel on the point and a Hare’s Ear or Red Diawl Bach on the dropper with a slow retrieve. Snakes and other large lures did well on the rougher days. Fish are being caught from the whole of the lodge bank. Despite the winds on Sunday the water remains clear. Lots of 4lb-plus fish continue to be caught from boat and bank.
Best bank areas are lagoon, dam, gravel bar, shallow bay. Best boat areas west arm, dam, boat bay. Best patterns are Red or Pink Apps’ Bloodworm, Damsel, white/green lures, Hare’s Ear, Black or Olive Buzzer, Orange/Tequila Blob.
There are still places available for the Iain Barr World Bank Masters. Saturday March 30 is the individual competition. Sunday March 31 is the pairs match. Thousands of pounds in cash and tackle up for grabs. All anglers are welcome to enter this catch & release event. Rules and entry forms are available at Iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk or at the Elinor lodge.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Mixed temperatures and varied pressures have made fishing slightly challenging this week. However, when the conditions were right anglers enjoyed some 'excellent sport' and some 'nice afternoons'. Small Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and dries have accounted for the majority of the fish being caught, despite other anglers still picking fish up on lures. During the bright and mild conditions at the beginning part of the week late afternoon sessions proved to be most successful. Well done to Thrunton junior Ryan Foggon who landed his personal best rainbow estimated at 5lb. Ryan is hoping to be one of this month’s Troutmasters badge winners.
G. Hall from Newcastle had an 'excellent' day, landing 8 fish from Long Crag on a Black Gnat. George Shanks used a Buzzer to safely release 5 fish to Coe Crag, having a 'great day'. Bedlington angler Mick Brown returned 35 fish to Buzzers over his two fishing sessions. Peter Kerr had a 'nice afternoon' fishing small nymphs, returning 5 fish to Coe Crag. Kevin Dinning from Dinnington returned 9 fish between both lakes using Buzzers. Jimmy Drew used a Chamois to land 6 fish from Long Crag. Ray Wood from West Woodburn used a Bloodworm to safely release 5 fish to Long Crag. Longframlington angler Trevor Wadds released 5 fish to Long Crag using Diawl Bachs. Ian Fairgreave from Morpeth safely returned 12 fish to Long Crag during his 5-hour afternoon session. Lee Cartmail landed 7 fish from Long Crag using Buzzers. Mike Mark used a Black Bunny to safely return 5 fish to Coe Crag. Andy Taylor returned 9 fish to Long Crag during his practice session for the TEFF semi-final. Mark Harrison returned 13 fish to Long Crag. Brian Davis released 12 to Long Crag, while also practicing for the TEFF semi-final. Peter Crowe returned 6 fish to Long Crag.
Fly box: Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Bloodworms, Chamois, Black Gnats, FABs and Black Bunnys. Fishery open daily 8.30am to 5pm. Please note: Long Crag lake will be closed on Sunday March 10 for a TEFF semi-final, Coe Crag lake will remain open as usual. Apologies to our regular anglers for any inconvenience caused.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk